Crews to Face Pac-10 Rivals on the Montlake Cut in Seattle

April 6, 2006

What's Happening This Week: Washington State's seventh-ranked women's rowing team makes its third trip this season to the Montlake Cut in Seattle to face #13 Washington, #19 Oregon State and is set to being Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m.

Polls Friendly to Cougs: WSU is ranked seventh in this week's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll...ranking is the best-ever placement for the Cougars.

Familiar Foes: The Cougars are set to race the Huskies for the third time this season...last week the third varsity eight and second novice eight raced Washington at Seattle while the remaining crews raced at the San Diego Crew Classic...the Cougars also faced the Huskies in the fall, when the varsity eight championed the Head of the Lake for the first time.

Rematch Versus Iowa: WSU raced Iowa during the fall season at the Head of the Charles in Boston...Cougars finished in 10th place at 17:30, while Iowa placed 17th with a time of 17:47.

The Montlake Cut: The race course for Saturday's quad regatta on Lake Washington begins at the Evergreen Point floating bridge...course then heads west on the Montlake Cut to the finish line at Portage Bay...the best view of the race can be seen from either side of the Montlake Cut, or from the Montlake Bridge.

CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20
(1st place votes)

1. Princeton (23)
2. California (1)
3. Yale
4. Southern California
5. Ohio State
6. Virginia
7. Washington State
8. Harvard
9. Brown
10. Michigan
11. Notre Dame
12. Michigan State
13. Washington
14. UCLA
15. Wisconsin
16. Stanford
17. Tennessee
18. Minnesota
19. Oregon State
20. Boston

Pac-10 Highly Ranked: The Pacific-10 Conference has all seven of its teams ranked in the CRCA/U.S. Rowing Varsity Eight Top-20 poll, the most of any conference...also well represented in the rankings are the Big-10 with five and the Ivy League, which has four ranked teams.

Last Week: The Cougars traveled to the San Diego Crew Classic, where the varsity eight finished third in the race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup, five seconds off first-place California's pace...the second varsity eight clocked-in less than a second behind race winner California, earning the runner-up position...the novice boat finished third in the novice petit final...other Cougar crews raced in Seattle at the Husky Invitational, where the varsity four and varsity eight placed second.

Next Week: WSU rowers travel to the Stanford Invitational, April 14-15...event will be the team's last multi-day regatta before the NCAA Championships, May 26-28.
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